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7/29/2016

A Simple Thank You

Good morning, and Happy Friday...another hot day in our neighborhood. Recently read a post by Princess Judy wherein she was going through her stash of precolored images, and either using or tossing. Thought "What a super idea". One night when  not feeling in the mood to do aught else, dug out a box of images, either stamped up to take on a trip or else colored but never used and found some of the samples of early copic practice coloring. Decided to see if it was possible to use some of this stash; and if not, take PJ's excellent advice and toss it. Here's a first effort - and this little floral image was stamped years ago, but never colored. I could also tell it was Neenah cardstock, which I used early in my copic efforts.


The stamp was probably a borrowed one. Die cut with S/B classic circle, matted with S/B classic scalloped circle, then a 3rd mat with the larger S/B circle.

- cut strips of snippets papers (some were created backgrounds), glued to another snippet of white c/s.
Die cut with an MFT stitched fishtail die, which had to be elongated a bit to fit the space. Once it was put on the card, the top was just a smidge too extended, but I decided to leave it as is.

- White card base was embossed with a basketweave pattern EF, (perhaps Darice?). A die sentiment was cut from the same yellow paper in the fishtail. This was an ombre paper, so colored it with some copic yellows to make it stand out more on the border. Used 2 layers of package cardboard behind the paper die cut, so that it has some nice dimension. Don't usually decorate the inside of a card. However there were 2 tiny strips from die cutting the border that fit perfectly as a top & bottom trim  on the inside of the card. Called it done. This will be going to some very sweet gardening neighbors who are kindly keeping us in homegrown tomatoes.

Thanks Judy for this good idea to shop the stash -- use or lose it! It was interesting to see some of the very early copic pieces that were hanging around. Some of them are salvageable I think, with adding some much needed contrast. Now just need to make some cards with these pieces.

Ya'll have a great day, and hope your weekend is going to be just grand. Come again when you have time. Hugs.

44 comments:

Pat said...

This looks lovely Mary and you have coloured that rose beautifully and love the coordinating mats, and what a great idea to use up snippets of paper to make diagonal stripes on the fishtail banner. Your neighbours will love it I'm sure. I think I must start going through some of my old stufff and use it or lose it. x

Charlene said...

Hi Mary! Happy Friday! I do that to, if I'm not feeling any mojo, I just color....at least I'm getting in some craftiness and then I can use the image at a later date! Your card is stunning!!! Ty for all your support, it means the world to me!Hugs

Loll said...

Such a pretty image Mary ... and your colouring is always so amazing. I struggle with Copics, so always admire people like you that have a great talent of colouring with them. Love the idea of using up scraps to created your striped fishtail banner. Very clever and creative. xx

Viv's Visuals said...

This is a lovely card Mary! (Home for a few days so just playing catch up visits!)

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Lovely card. I get great satisfaction when I can use up bits and bobs.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Sue

Mrs A. said...

Great idea Mary . I haven't quite got to the use it or toss it part yet.! I do look through and pull out a few bits from time to time. Love your snippet fish tails. Hugs Mrs A.

Carol L said...

This is a fun way to use up the stash, and it does help to clear your crafting space from all the NBUS or UFO's The flowers are pretty and I like that banner strip of dsp's too. Very colorful and fun card! Have a great weekend ahead!

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, what a brilliant idea, should really do something like this myself.
Your card is very pretty, lovely colouring and design, pleased you were able to use this lovely image, Kate x

scrAPpamondo said...

" Shop your stash" is always a great thing to do :) and this card is a fab exemple of recycling, too! Your image is so beautiful coloured and looks great in the scallop circle, and LOVE the fishtail banner made with the strips of scraps... Amazing!!

Redanne said...

That really is a great idea, I love the image you chose for your card and your colouring, as ever, is excellent!

The lovely Darnell has moved on to the next leg of her journey but we enjoyed the days we had with her very much! Hugs, Anne xx

jimlynn said...

A simple thank you that's beautiful! Love the contrast behind that image. Good idea and a great way to use up the stash!
Lynn

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous flower and love the use of the banner and EF.

Kath x

pam said...

Beautiful image and your colouring is amazing Mary! love this Darice embossing folder and your central panel.
Pam x

Lisa said...

Wow, Mary, this is stunning!! You colored the flowers so beautifully!! I love the colorful banner!! The embossing is fabulous!! Gorgeous card my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

crafty-stamper said...

Love the image and large banner -great idea using strips of different papers-I used to print out a couple of each image then maybe only use one and had a big box full-Grandaughters went through it and shared them for colouring practise and I have a load of stuff sorted out for their school which has an after school class for them to use-I still cannot possibly envisage using all the stuff I still have.
Carol x

Heidi Stamps said...

It is a lovely card, definitely a lovely image worth using! I really like the banner you created behind it too.

Maxine D said...

What a fabulous use of your scraps on the die cut, and the beautifully coloured wee image - well done Mary, this is a gorgeous card!
Blessings
Maxine

MaryH said...

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Gerrina said...

What a great idea! (Might want to follow this one in order to get more space in my little craftroom!)The layout of your card looks beautiful! Enjoy the weekend!

Team Clark said...

This is so beautiful, love the gorgeous yellow against the multi colored background. <3

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

LOVE that sweet patchwork fishtail banner Mary! I have also made backgrounds with snippets like that before, haven't done it in a while though . . . maybe I should. Such a sweet image and coloured beautifully! It's always satisfying using some snippets, offcuts & older pieces! Have a wonderful weekend my friend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Birgit said...

This is a lovely card and a great way to use your stash. I have so much stash, I could piece cards for 3 years:). I love the flowers and even if that is an early colouring attempt, you did. Great job. Nothing tastes better than veggies from the garden

Petra Swart said...

Such a great way to use some of those snippets, Mary!!! Love how you've used the strips on the diagonal to cut the fishtail banner!!!!! The flowers are so pretty and the matting on the scalloped and larger circle create a lovely look!!! Love the die cut sentiment in orange!!! So beautiful, my friend and your neighbours are going to love it, too!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Daffodil Cards said...

A beautiful thank you card, which will be appreciated by the neighbours, I'm sure, great colouring, would have been a shame to have let this go to waste. Such bright and cheery colours, I particularly like the way the banner is extended.
Hope your coping with the heat :) Wouldn't mind if you sent some here LOL.
Faith
x

Marilyn said...

Cute card!! Will have to go through my stash and see what I have

Brenda in IN said...

I can't imagine why you never used this, it is lovely. I love the design of this card and that paper banner. Your coloring and shading makes the flower just pop and I love all the layers. Keep cool. I am almost looking forward to fall.

Stampsnob. said...

Been looking for ways to use washi tape this could be done with it Wonderful card Mary .Lis

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a gorgeous way to use up your stash. Thanks for the idea. If only there was the extra time! Love how you pieced the fishtail banner.

Brenda said...

Ha! Just found some images I was practicing coloring on and threw them in my pile to be made into cards! Now I need to make them and color up some more. lol I love your card Momma Mary! The flower is gorgeous, that is some pretty dang good Copic early coloring if you ask me! Love the snippets banner, turned out really good and a great place for your sentiment. I also love how you left a tad bit hang off the top of the card. This is a beautiful CAS card! Looking forwrd to seeing what else you have had tucked back. Hugs, Brenda

Bonnie said...

PJ's idea is a great one and good for you picking up the ball. I need to do that too. I've been taking the images laying on my table and putting them on cards instead of the UFO box. My box is too full to put anything else in it! Love your pretty yellow flowers and the banner made from snippets! Super card that needed to be brought out!

cotnob said...

A fabulous thank you card Mary, such a pretty image and lovely design.
Pauline
x

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what a brilliant card, and such a very lovely stamped image coloured wonderfully.
What a super idea to glue lots of snippets of paper to a snippet of card, and then die cut it must try that.
I also love your embossed background as well.
Such a lovely way to use up images already created.
Thats what blogging is all about what someone thinks of and passes on to others, and then I think why didn't that occur to me.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Sue - said...

What a good idea to go through your bits box and see what you can use. You've made a lovely card with this one.

alexandra s.m. said...

Love the way you have colored the flowers Mary.
Your card is a true Beauty!!

Donna said...

Nicely done Mary. Beautiful flower and love the card design with all the layers. I just used one of my previously stamped images too. And I ma sure that I could toss some in recycling if I ever found the time to go through them. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Stay cool!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Oh my gosh! I'm contagious! I pulled out a couple more images the other night. I'm also trying to finish up a kit I'm almost done with. So many crafting goals, but most of them revolve around use it or lose it.

Great card with great colors! Fun times!

Oh my gosh, it's suddenly pouring rain.

Pia S said...

I don't have boxes but a few zipper bags from IKEA filled with ready stamped and colored images, one bag for Christmas ones, one for other occasions, one for DT work. I Aldo have one for die cuts. I always go through the contents of these bags before printing or stamping new ones. I do use images from these bags, not all the time, but regularly. I'm not always in mood for coloring, and also when mojo is missing I take the bags and flip through the contents while looking at sketches. Your image was put to good use, beautiful.

cheryl said...

Oh hun always so many ideas and such little time. I always try use up my bits bobs as have lots different boxes so I am always dipping into them, anyway enough of me rambling on. Your image was put to great use hun looks gorgeous love it hugs cheryl xxxx

Greta said...

I saw that post of Judy's, too. Thinking my sacks of unused pieces will pretty much all go in the recycle--just have to find where I stashed them--haha! You made good use of those pretty flowers--a perfect card for your gardening neighbors!

Valerija said...

A gorgeous card Mary, love the flowers and pretty design.
Valerija xx

Olga Fink said...

A very beautiful card Mary! Love colors!
Xoxo Olga

Veerle said...

Beautiful card Mary, great coloring.
Hugs Veerle x

scrappymo! said...

This looks great, Mary. I love the fishtale banner you made with your snippets and also like the way it extends off the page!

You are going to have fun going thru you stash of images. I am currently up at the lake and brought my file full of the same. The funny thing is that I have found a lot of images the grandkids coloured when they were about 3 and 4 years old and not very good at colouring!
I am going to make them up any way and use them for cards for them!

|Off for a good long catch up on your blog...

Donna said...

Great card, like how you made your image the focal point and used a strip of bright paper to showcase it!